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Dec 27, 2016

Lakmal bags five wicket haul

Sri Lanka pace bowler Suranga Lakmal wrapped up his maiden Test-match five-wicket haul today (27) as Sri Lanka wrapped up South Africa's innings in 8.5 overs on the second morning.

Yesterday, Lakmal took four wickets to restrict South Africa to 267-6 on the first day in Port Elizabeth.

Resuming on 267 for 6, South Africa were bowled out for 286.

It took Sri Lanka only 4.4 overs to get their first wicket of the day, Pradeep's short-ball barrage inducing a top-edged pull from Vernon Philander, caught at deep square leg. In Pradeep's previous over, Philander had gloved another pull, only for Dinesh Chandimal, diving to his left behind the wicket, to drop a sharp chance.

Chandimal, who had taken three catches on day one, soon got another opportunity as Lakmal produced the perfect fourth-stump outswinger to find Keshav Maharaj's edge. A dive to the right, in front of first slip, gave Lakmal his best Test figures.

Then came a moment of madness from de Kock, who, desperate to stay on strike, called Kyle Abbott for a non-existent second run before sending him back, giving him no chance of beating Kusal Perera's throw from deep point to the keeper.

(Excerpts from espncricinfo.com)

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